Another Great Reason to Visit Vancouver in January – Dine Out Vancouver!

by admin - January 9th, 2013.
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I don’t think we’ve ever had a guest at the Bee & Thistle Guest House in Vancouver who didn’t love our beautiful city, but even hard core Vancouver fans can understand that some prospective visitors might hesitate to visit in January or February. The words “Canadian winter” may conjure up images of freezing temperatures, snowdrifts, impassable roads, and maybe even an igloo or two. This does, of course, bring skiers to Canada in droves to experience our world class ski hills & other winter sport destinations, but can be a bit intimidating for more cautious travelers. However, Canada is a big country and those frosty conditions that exist on our ski hills, in our northern regions and on our prairie provinces are not at all what one would normally experience here in temperate Vancouver! We have been consistently voted as one of the most livable cities in the world for a variety of reasons, one of which is our moderate climate. Yes, we do on occasion experience a small amount of snowfall and occasionally temperatures could dip below the freezing level, but those times are rare and usually quite temporary. More often a visitor would experience a fair amount of rain, with an occasional and very welcome sunny day, but always with the option to visit one of our local ski hills should one wish to frolic a bit in the snow. So, invest in a good rain coat, grab an umbrella and come to Vancouver! Sure, the adventurous will be excited to explore our numerous winter sports – skating, curling, downhill skiing within 20 minutes of downtown or on a day trip to Whistler, or even a very romantic nighttime Chocolate Fondue Snowshoe trip at Mount Seymour (Dec. 15/12 – March 30/13). But if that’s not for you, it doesn’t mean you should cross Vancouver off your list, nor do you have to join the tourist crowds in the summer. A rainy day is a wonderful excuse for a true vacation day curled up with a good book in front of one of the many fireplaces we have in our guest rooms at the Bee & Thistle (always a good thing). But do venture out to explore our numerous cultural events which range from music & theater to such specific events as the upcoming Missions Fest Vancouver January 24 – 27th; visit our museums, art galleries and Granville Island when the lineups are much shorter; join one or more of our wonderful foodie tours (I love them!), or (my favorite) indulge in a week or two of exploring all the wonderful food and drink in one of the most “foodie” cities of the world!

A great way to do this is to take advantage of the wonderful “deals” offered during the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, which takes place all over the city from January 18 to February 3, 2013. If you’re planning to come to Vancouver during this period, it’s important to make your restaurant selection and bookings early as the favorites always sell out well ahead of time. Check out the menus at the following link link: Search for your favorite restaurant by name, by price ($18, $28 or $38 for a set menu usually 3 course dinner), by cuisine type, or by area of the city (“East Vancouver” covers most of the area near the Bee & Thistle, but we are also a quick drive or cab ride from those restaurants located in the Downtown, Yaletown, Coal Harbour and other central areas).

An exciting addition to Dine Out Vancouver in the last couple of years is “Street Food City II” event, which is an opportunity to try out our fabulous food trucks! This free event will take place at the Vancouver Art Gallery January 23rd – 27th, 2013. Check out the Dine Out Vancouver website for a list of participating trucks and times. I’m also very interested in the Railtown Culinary Walking Tour on January 25th & February 1st ($35 per person), which explores “some of the great establishments that are setting up in this gritty historic area” – an adventure!

If you’re staying with us at the Bee & Thistle on January 31, 2013, the I, Malvolio performance of the The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is only a block away, and is combined with dinner at one of the newest restaurants on Commercial Drive – Merchant’s Oyster Bar, for $65 per person. The very popular Secret Supper Soiree is unfortunately already sold out, but Edible Canada at the Market is also offering some great events and wine enthusiasts may want to check out the Grape Debate at the Vancouver library on February 1st (find more information on all events on the Dine Out Vancouver website).